Shannon Watkins writes for the Martin Center about efforts to rebuild trust in American higher education.

Americans’ trust in higher education is crumbling. According to a recent Gallup poll, only 48 percent of American adults have a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in higher education. That number is down from 57 percent in 2015—the largest decline in confidence of any other institution. In efforts to rebuild that trust, many voices have sounded the alarm for reform.

One proposal for reforming academia is the introduction of new and innovative college models to challenge the status quo.

The state of North Carolina has had two such innovative models spring up recent years. One is the CreatEd Institute in Black Mountain. The other is Thales College, which will welcome its first class of students in 2019.

Thales College is a natural extension of the Thales Academy chain, a group of eight private K-12 schools with locations across North Carolina founded by Raleigh businessman Robert Luddy. The upcoming launch of the college will be the latest effort by Luddy and the Thales staff to bring high-quality classical education to as many students as possible.